Former Google Employee Labels ChromeOS A Fail

By SpiderGroup

14 Dec 2010

‘Mirror mirror on the wall – will Chrome OS be successful or fall’

Paul Buchheit, an ex-employee of Google doesn’t seem to have much faith in the eagerly anticipated operating system would could make or break Google – and from his predictions, it’s going to be a bit of a flop.


News was released last week about the new Chrome OS laptop which was minimalistic, simple, no Function keys and to embrace the cloud – Google CR-48. As well as the release of this, predictions from sources were that the growth and boom of Google’s Android operating system was going to happen in 2011 giving mass growth for the American company.

The rather pessimistic ex-employee posted on his FriendFeed, spotted by Digital Trends noticed that he is predicting the future of Chrome OS already: “Chrome OS will be killed next year (or ‘merged’ with Android).

ChromeOS has no purpose that isn’t better served by Android (perhaps with a few mods to support a non-touch display).”

Patrick Keys, a commenter added: “…Even Eric Schmidt has said publically that Chrome OS was a side-bet against its own Android…and Google is even shipping devices for some reason”.

Paul Puchheit responded “Yeah, I was thinking, ‘is this too obvious to even state?’, but then I see people taking ChromeOS seriously, and Google is even shipping devices for some reason.”

ChromeOS devices are supposed to be available at the middle of next year.

Could this mean that Android 3.0 HoneyComb could become HoneyChrome? Later versions of Android support full cloud operating systems and synchronisation?

-Via TechWatch

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